Archive for category: Olympique de Marseille

Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

In some ways, it feels like a bit of a return to the days of Le Championnat before Qatari and Russian billionaires took over at PSG and Monaco. The days in which former giants Marseille, and more particularly Lyon, were the form teams in the league, and where an Olympico fixture […]

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Water way to bounce back Marseille’s run of victories has been well documented of late but can you name the other team who over the last three rounds of matches have matched their winning ways? You may think PSG perhaps? Bordeaux possibly? Lyon maybe? Nope, it is Evian Thonon Gaillard. […]

From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

When Mathieu Valbuena left Ligue 1 for Russian side Dynamo Moscow, there was a worry that it was a bad move for the 29-year-old midfielder. He had just come off the back of a wonderful World Cup campaign in Brazil, the football world was left baffled as to why no […]

André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

“He doesn’t scare me!” was the rallying cry of an unnecessarily defensive André-Pierre Gignac in May when rumours were swirling that fearsome, but respected coach Marcelo Bielsa was about to be handed the reins at a disjointed and down Olympique de Marseille. You can excuse Gignac for again feeling like […]

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

It is a good time to be a Marseille supporter right now. After five consecutive victories – during which the team have scored 16 goals and conceded just one – les Phoceens sit atop the Ligue 1 table after the first seven fixtures. Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa is about to […]

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Hello, Goodbye. Friday night sees Lyon host Monaco in a game about the return and departure of key players.  Both teams have had shaky starts to the season with les Gones winless since their opening week victory over Rennes.  As has been well documented, injuries have played a part in […]

Preview: Evian to pour water on Marseille’s bubbling volcano Marcelo Bielsa

Preview: Evian to pour water on Marseille’s bubbling volcano Marcelo Bielsa

Just when you think that everything is rosy at Marseille something happens that destroys the peace and tranquillity and turns the club back into the simmering cauldron that it was at the start of the season. After back to back victories it looked as if Marcelo Bielsa and Marseille were […]

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

During pre-season, the chatter concerning the upper echelons of Ligue 1 quickly coalesced into a firm consensus: PSG would win the league at a canter, Monaco would be a comfortable second and Marseille or Lille would probably grab third. PSG are still certain to end the season on top, but […]